Machines To Hear For Us

Machines To Hear For Us

Perceiving, Filtering, Storing

Finissage & closing event of the exhibition KlangSehen:

a project of the Cluster of Excellence Bild Wissen Gestaltung.
Ein Interdisziplinäres Labor der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
base project Analogspeicher


Auditorium & Foyer des Jacob-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrums
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 3
10117 Berlin



»Machines To Hear For Us« takes as a starting point Jonathan Sterne’s claim that concepts of listening and the development of new technologies have influenced each other throughout the history of electronic sound production.

How does this relationship become manifest in the exploration, revision and invention of (new) musical instruments, in sound art works or other sound generating machines? Practitioners, developers and theoreticians from the fields of sound art, instrument building, software development and media studies will present individual striking examples.

We will explore how organ flutes, hybrid analog/digital instruments, sound sculpture instruments or software instruments filter, store, reorganize and transform sounds – and how individual listening practices or performance practices adapt to, transform, or are irritated by these »Machines To Hear For Us«.



KlangSehen Tour // Christian Kassung & Sebastian Schwesinger
Foyer Grimm-Zentrum

Performance Untitled II
by Marianthi Papalexandri Alexandri
Auditorium Grimm-Zentrum

Panel Discussion Machines To Hear For Us: Perceiving, Filtering, Storing
Auditorium Grimm-Zentrum
Introduction: Carla J. Maier

Satoshi Morita // Sound Artist & Organ Builder (Tokyo/Berlin)

Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri // Sound Artist & Composer (Berlin)

Gösta Wellmer // Head of User Interface Design, Native Instruments (Berlin)

Sarah-Indriyati Hardjowirogo // Kulturwissenschaftlerin, Technische Universität (Berlin)

Presentation: Holger Schulze